Historic bridge repair mistake to cost £6,000 to fix

The Nuns' Bridges in Thetford were repaired with the wrong bricks. Picture: Ian Burt

The Nuns' Bridges in Thetford were repaired with the wrong bricks. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Work to correct repairs to a Grade II listed bridge that used the wrong bricks are to cost £6,000.

One of the historic Nuns' Bridges in Thetford was repaired by contractors on behalf of Norfolk County Council last year after being hit by a vehicle but they incorrectly used a mishmash of different coloured bricks on the historic structure.

Now more than a year after the mistake the botched job is to be corrected with the contractors replacing them with bricks suitable for the historic structure and footing the £6,000 bill.

Work to repair the parapet wall on the bridge over the River Little Ouse is due to start on August 27 and last four days.

The bridge, next to the junction of Nuns Bridge Road and Mill Lane, will be closed to traffic during working hours due to its narrow width with a signed diversion route. Pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained at all times.


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The Nuns' Bridges are believed to have taken their name from the nearby nunnery at Thetford Priory and were the site of a ducking stool during the middle ages.

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